To say we're in the Christmas spirit is an understatement. Full disclosure: This ultimate gift list was concocted while wearing a novelty Christmas sweater, eating gingerbread men, drinking mulled wine and blasting carols on loop in the background. Because... Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? It’s been a tough 2020 for everyone and we’re all in need of some Yuletide cheer. And what brings more cheer than thoughtfully picked-out presents for our nearest and dearest? Whether they're into gadgets, beauty products or something else entirely, our gifts guide features a hand-picked selection of the best products out there – no halfhearted last minute shopping needed. Bonus hugs from the recipient guaranteed. READ: 'A gift and a lesson': Rebecca Lim and Elvin Ng reflect on 2020 this Christmas season READ: Christmas treats: Dark chocolate logcakes, cheddar cheese cookies and more FOR YOUR BIG BROOD OF GODCHILDREN The Lego Super Mario toy set The … [Read more...] about From Super Mario to whisky: Our ultimate Christmas gift guide for family and friends
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Wearing makeup during a sweaty workout session is something many women are guilty of doing. Regardless of how many times the dermatologist or the facialist has warned us against it, we often just sprint to the gym after work – who has time to double-cleanse when you’re late for class? And besides, won’t the sweat naturally wash out all that makeup? But according to Dr Suzanne Cheng, a senior consultant at the National Skin Centre, leaving your makeup on does have consequences. “Excess sebum (or facial oil) and makeup should be removed prior to exercise as during the workout, the increased production of sweat, mixed with excess sebum and makeup on the skin increases the chance of developing clogged pores,” she explained. And those clogged pores are where bacteria build up, resulting in skin inflammation, pimples, blemishes, acne and skin irritation. “Acne outbreaks and irritant eczema may occur. In addition, sweat dripping into the eyes from strenuous exercise may also result in … [Read more...] about Is the makeup you’re wearing to the gym causing acne, eczema and clogged pores?
ROSS GIBLIN/STUFF The Police Memorial Wall is a place for reflection on the lives of police officers slain on duty. A phone call from Rowan Carroll has often left people overwhelmed, in disbelief and in tears. But sometimes her cold-calls have reconnected out-of-touch families and led to people discovering things they never knew about their relatives. Carroll, the director of the New Zealand Police Museum, is tasked with poring through historic birth, and hospital records, newspaper archives and coroners’ reports, to unearth the names and stories of every officer killed in the line of duty since the police was formed in 1886. Her mission is to track down the next-of-kin and relatives, to ask their permission to commemorate them on the memorial wall, at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua. READ MORE: Police Remembrance Day: First officer killed on duty in 11 years honoured Timaru police remember colleagues killed in the line of duty Slain Waipukurau … [Read more...] about In the line of duty: ‘Emotional’ work behind police memorial wall reconnecting families and discovering untold stories